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New Agenda for Peace

On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Member States pledged to strengthen global governance for the sake of present and coming generations.

The UN 75 declaration noted the need to promote peace and prevent conflicts.

“Ongoing armed conflicts and threats against international peace and security must be urgently resolved through peaceful means. We reiterate the importance of abiding by the Charter, principles of international law, and relevant resolutions of the Security Council. International arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament agreements and their architectures need to be upheld. The United Nations must better address all forms and domains of threats. Terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism are serious threats to international peace and security. The diplomatic toolbox of the Charter needs to be used to its full potential, including preventive diplomacy and mediation. We call on the Secretary-General to enhance this toolbox to prevent the outbreak, escalation and recurrence of hostilities on land, at sea, in space and in cyberspace. We fully support and promote the Secretary-General’s initiative for a global ceasefire. International humanitarian law must be fully respected. To build, keep and sustain peace is now one of the main responsibilities of the United Nations.”

Member States requested the Secretary-General to report back with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges (UN75 declaration - A/RES/75/1). His report 'Our Common Agenda' was launched on 10 September 2021.

 

A New Agenda for Peace

The Secretary-General’s report on Our Common Agenda noted the need for a New Agenda for Peace[1] to address a myriad of challenges the international community faces today. The report noted that in order to protect and manage the global public good of peace, we need a peace continuum based on a better understanding of the underlying drivers and systems of influence that are sustaining conflict, a renewed effort to agree on more effective collective security responses and a meaningful set of steps to manage emerging risks.

In this respect, Our Common agenda outlined six potential areas for the New Agenda for peace, including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Reducing strategic risks
  2. Strengthening international foresight and capacities to identify and adapt to new risks
  3. Reshaping responses to all forms of violence
  4. Investing in prevention and peacebuilding
  5. Supporting regional prevention
  6. Putting women and girls at the centre.

 

Consultations

Resolution A/RES/76/6 adopted by the General Assembly on 15 November 2021 followed-up on “Our Common Agenda” and requested the Secretary-General to inform Member States and to engage in broad and inclusive consultations with them, all parts of the United Nations system and other relevant partners on his proposals in the report for follow-up action to accelerate the full and timely implementation of the above-mentioned agreed frameworks in a comprehensive and integrated manner, and to provide regular updates to Member States.

This website contains inputs received from Member States and other partners for the New Agenda for Peace.


[1] For the full description of the six core areas please see Our Common Agenda (paragraphs 88-89)